Monthly Archives: May 2016

Vaya Con Dios — Les Paul and Mary Ford

This is an excerpt from the Les Paul Mary Ford television show from the early 1950’s. Here they showcase their biggest hit record, Vaya Con Dios, a bilingual English- Spanish Cowboy or Western song. Coleen Summers (Mary Ford’s real name) … Continue reading

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Art Tatum – Ben Webster – My Ideal

My Ideal is from disc 6 of the Norman Granz Pablo Art Tatum Group Masterpieces this set including Tatum piano, Ben Webster tenor saxophone, Red Callender bass, and Bill Douglass drums. My Ideal was written by Richard Whiting and Newell … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Have a Little Dream on Me

Have a Little Dream On Me was written by Billy Rose John Murphy and Phil Baxter. Billy Rose was a Broadway Impresario, but I couldn’t find what if any musical this came from. Nice growling trumpet solo from Herman Autrey.  … Continue reading

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How High The Moon — The Original Record from 1940

According to Wikipedia, the original version of How High The Moon was recorded by the Benny Goodman Orchestra, in 1940. The vocalist on that record was Helen Forrest. Helen Forrest is perhaps better remembered for the records she made in … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — The Very Thought of You (1954)

Here is Art Tatum with another Ray Noble song from way back.  The Very Thought of You was a popular band love song vocal during the Swing Era.  It also found new life when the vocalists took center stage after … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday – The Night Wind

This version of The Night Wind is a fairly mellow Fats Waller song. This song was written by Bob Rothberg and Dave Pollack. in the 1934-35 period. However, this  video is not taken from that record. This must have been … Continue reading

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Les Paul Mary Ford Updated

Last week, I showed a clip of Les Paul and Mary Ford playing How High the Moon. I speculated that the clip came from their own television show. As I’ve said, I had no television when I lived in Minnesota … Continue reading

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If I Should Lose You — A sleeper song

This is If I Should Lose You with Charlie Parker and  an orchestral session organized by Mitch Miller in late 1949. The bebop purists weren’t happy with it, but looking back from this distance, I think the strings added a … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Boulevard of Broken Dreams

I first heard this song sung by Tony Bennett back in my Britt Days. Tony Bennett was a big fan of Art Tatum, according to interviews he had with Chuck Cecil.  The song was written by Harry Warren and Al … Continue reading

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Fats On Friday — If It Isn’t Love

If It Isn’t Love was written by Val Burton and Will Jason. Fats Waller used to crank out dozens of these songs in recording sessions in a single day, with no rehearsals.  It was amazing.  How he could play the … Continue reading

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